Faculty of Medicine in Bratislava of Comenius University is an internationally recognized faculty for medical studies located in Bratislava, Slovakia. It offers study programs of General medicine and Dental medicine in English for international students from all over the world. The Faculty is involved in the Erasmus+ program, the Slovak-American Academic Cooperation Program and cooperation with the University of Michigan. The number of international students is growing in recent years since Comenius University is among the TOP universities in Europe. Slovakia is a member of the European Union, which means that education from Bratislava is automatically recognized anywhere in Europe without the need for extra exams.
History of Faculty of medicine in Bratislava
The Faculty of Medicine was established on the 21st of September 1919 and is the oldest of the thirteen faculties of Comenius University in Bratislava (you may read more about the history of the Faculty and University here). The faculty of medicine invests effort into positioning itself as a recognized scientific, research, and educational institution of particular importance for the development of clinical medicine. The Faculty of Medicine at Comenius University in Bratislava currently offers accredited study programs at all three levels. Students obtain knowledge predominantly in theoretical and pre-clinical subjects at beginning of their studies. Further training takes place mainly at the Faculty of Medicine at Comenius University in Bratislava clinics. Students can choose elective subjects from the interdisciplinary program. The Faculty has educated over 17000 medical staff for hospitals and clinics from all over the world so far.
Medicine programs offered to international students
- General Medicine program, which is a 6-year program, leading to a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). The program is equivalent to Medicinae Universae Doctor (abbreviated to MUDr). The fee for one study year is 10.500€. There will be 240 students accepted to this study program in the 2023/24 Intake
- Dental medicine program, which is a 6-year program leading to a diploma degree in Medicinae Dentium Doctor ( MDDr) – equivalent to Doctor of Dentistry. The fee for one study year is 11.900€. There are 35 students accepted in academic year 2023/24. There are no extra costs for dental materials during studies (unlike Hungarian medical schools).
There are also residency programs offered (specialisation studies) for graduates of medical programs, who would like to get specialisation (in Slovak it is called atestácia) ) for specific course (e.g. surgery, pediatrics etc). In order to be enrolled in specialization study, the Slovak language command is required. The specialisation course takes 3-4 years and ends with state exam. it is not offered in the English language as its purpose is to educate doctors to work in Slovak hospitals.
International students structure at the Faculty of Medicine in Bratislava
Bratislava is located only 30 minutes from Vienna, therefore there are many students from Austria. The Faculty is popular also among German, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Iranian or Japanese students. The degree is recognized in the whole European Union, the UK, and most countries of the world.
Entrance examination and admission criteria
Entrance examination may be done only online in 2023. The entrance exam for General medicine will be on the 8th of August 2023 and the entrance exam for dentistry will be on 9th of August 2023. The deadline for registration is the 7th of July 2023 for both programs. Please don’t forget that it is necessary to submit also recognition of academic documents. This process is called nostrification and needs to be done before the deadline for registration. The preparation of documents might take 1,5 – 2 months.
The form of the test is a multiple-choice test with 100 questions from biology and 100 questions from chemistry. There are 4 options for each question, any combination of answers can be correct. Students will be then offered a seat according to the number of points they scored – so it is not necessary to score maximum points, just to be better than others (to have a better percentile). Results from secondary school are not relevant – the only requirement is passing secondary school to be eligible for university studies.
Generally speaking, the faculty is doing entrance exams only in Bratislava, so after the pandemic, everyone needs to travel to Bratislava for writing the entrance exam. It is possible to write entrance exams once for general medicine and once for dental medicine.
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Questions for the entrance exam
The Biology Booklet contains 750 questions from biology. Each question offers 8 possible answers. Similarly, also the Chemistry Booklet contains 750 questions from chemistry. Each question also offers 8 possible answers. At the end of each booklet, there are correct answers available. The entrance examination test will contain 100 questions from biology and 100 questions from chemistry (randomly selected) and each question will offer 4 possible answers. Totally you may score 800 points. There are deductions for incorrect answers. Questions it is possible to buy in PDF version or book version.
Documents for an entrance exam
The following documents are required for application:
– Birth Certificate – official translation by a sworn translator
– General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) –official translation into the Slovak language. In the case that the applicant does not have the Original of GCSE issued by the Secondary school, it is necessary to submit an Official Confirmation from the Secondary school about the successful graduation of the Secondary school with the date, stamp and signature from the director of the secondary school.
– Validation of General Certificate of Secondary school (=nostrification) – notary copy
– Certificate about vaccination against hepatitis B – a copy of the document without verification
– photocopy of the Passport
– 3 passport pictures (3,5 x 4,5 cm)
Note: if you don’t get a secondary school certificate before the 7th of July 2023, it is possible to submit also confirmation in the English language (original or hard copy), confirming that you will obtain secondary school leaving certificate. The enrollment for the Faculty of Medicine in Bratislava is in September, so all paperwork must be provided before this date.
Internships for international students
Students are allowed to do internships for their medical career in Slovak hospitals (mostly University hospital located next to the University), as well as German clinics within MediClin Germany. The internships at MediClin have durations 1 month. Besides the obligatory internships (Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics), the medical students can pass internships also in any other medical field provided by the hospitals of the MediClin-group.
Accommodation for international students
The faculty of medicine is not offering accommodation at dormitories, so students need to find accommodation by themselves. The most popular is to find private accommodation (shared apartment) for a reasonable price – around 150-250€ per month). Single apartments are the most expensive: starting from 350€ per month. Due to the lack of public dormitories and big demand from students, there are also private dormitories for reasonable prices:
Student house at Tomasikova 34, Bratislava (starting from 230€ per month)
Student residence at Viedenska 7 (starting from 195€ per month)
Student dorm Uninova – Uninova hostel (starting from 155€)
Student dorm Dowina (Namestie Slobody 26) – 300€ per month including food
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